Lake Ontario Area

Upstate New York‘s northwestern border with Canada is Lake Ontario. This easternmost of the Great Lakes provides hundreds of miles of shoreline in upstate New York. It‘s the pre-eminent body of fresh water upstate. With more than a dozen state parks, beaches and wildlife areas spread out along the coastline, the area provides recreational and seasonal sports opportunities throughout the year.

The fishing in and around Lake Ontario is remarkable. Few areas in the Northeast offer the quality, quantity and diversity of fishing that anglers find in Oswego and Jefferson counties, ranging from trolling Lake Ontario to fly-fishing the area’s abundant streams and rivers for trophy trout, salmon and walleye. The area includes the Salmon River, whose headwaters flow from the Salmon River Reservoir on the Tug Hill Plateau. The Salmon empties into Lake Ontario at Port Ontario.

The natural white sand beaches in Oswego and Jefferson counties are some of the best on any body of freshwater. Sandy Island Beach State Park is in the center of a 17-mile belt of natural sand dunes stretching into both counties and is the only significant freshwater dune system in the Northeast. The area offers recreational opportunities for hikers, summer bird-watchers and nature-lovers, canoeists and kayakers.

Lake Ontario’s geography and environment offer photographers the opportunity to catch spectacular sunsets, which some travel magazines have ranked as among the best in the world.

Lake Ontario harbors with boat launches and marinas include Sacketts Harbor, Henderson Harbor, North Sandy Pond at Sandy Pond, Port Ontario, Mexico Bay at Mexico Point, and the Port of Oswego.